The electoral register and the 'open register'

Opt out of the 'open register'

There are 2 versions of the electoral register - the ‘open register’ and the full version.

Opting out of the ‘open register’

You can opt out of the ‘open register’ - the version of the register that’s available to anyone who wants to buy a copy.

To opt out of the open register, contact your local Electoral Registration Office.

Opting out doesn’t affect your right to vote.

The full version

Everyone’s name and address goes on the full version of the electoral register. The full version of the register is only used for:

  • elections
  • preventing and detecting crime
  • checking applications for loans or credit

Find out more about the difference between the ‘open register’ and the electoral register.

Registering to vote anonymously

You may be able to register anonymously if you can show that there’s a good reason, for example if you’re concerned about your safety.

Your details won’t appear on either version of the electoral register if you register anonymously.